Phi Theta Kappa Chapter at RCC Wins Awards

ASHEBORO (March 20, 2017)

Beta Theta Rho, Randolph Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, received its Five-Star Chapter award for the 14th year in a row at the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Regional Convention in Durham, N.C., on March 11. The Five Star level is the highest level that a chapter can obtain, and it encourages excellence and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter.

Kayla Spinks

Beta Theta Rho member Kayla Spinks of Asheboro was honored with two awards at the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Regional Convention in Durham recently. Spinks, a Randolph Early College High School student, received the Distinguished Chapter Member award and was also inducted into the Carolinas Region Hall of Honor.


The theme of this year’s annual convention was “A Global Perspective from a Local View:  Carolinas We Stand, Divided We Fall.” RCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter joined 27 other Phi Theta Kappa chapters from throughout North and South Carolina to learn more about the importance of being a member and how to better serve its communities through opportunities such as the Honors in Action Projects.

Beta Theta Rho also received five other awards as a chapter: Distinguished Chapter Officer Team; Outstanding Participation in Carolinas Region Service Program “Purse Project”; Outstanding Participation in Carolinas Region Honors in Action Program; Distinguished College Project; and Honorable Mention for Distinguished Chapter.

The 2016 Beta Theta Rho officer team consisted of Jahmina Ollison, president; Taylor Maness, vice president; Zeno Phu, treasurer; Nicholas LaPlant, public relations; and Lilith Ward, secretary. 

One member of Beta Theta Rho, Kayla Spinks, was also honored with two awards. Spinks, a Randolph Early College High School student, received the Distinguished Chapter Member award and was also inducted into the Carolinas Region Hall of Honor.

Waymon Martin, RCC chapter advisor since 2002, received an Advisor Appreciation Award in grateful appreciation of 15 years of outstanding service and leadership to Phi Theta Kappa and the Carolinas Region.

One of the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa is service, and in keeping with that, Beta Theta Rho members were actively involved in the community during 2016. They volunteered with Communities in Schools, Habitat for Humanity, and Brookdale Assisted Living Facility.   

Randolph Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors are Waymon Martin, department head for Business Administration; Melissa Earliwine, Developmental Mathematics instructor; Clark Adams, English/Communication instructor; and Dorothy Hans, English instructor. RCC’s Beta Theta Rho chapter was chartered in 1999.

Phi Theta Kappa is the only internationally acclaimed honor society serving two-year institutions that offer associate degree programs. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., it is the largest honor society in American higher education with over 1300 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3.1 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. The Carolinas Region has 84 chapters between the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.